May 26, 2010

Tonight on Larry King Live!

Posted: 08:05 PM ET

Tonight on LKL


He’s half the man he was – after losing 264 pounds and 50% of his body weight!

Michael Ventrella is here to tell us why he did it.  Plus the competitors who found love while shedding pounds…and she was once the heaviest female contestant in the show’s history – but look at her now!

Plus –

A desperate attempt to stop the oil leak in the Gulf.  BP begins it’s “top kill” – but will it work?  The latest on the spill tonight…

And we want to know –


Sound off below!

Filed under: BP Gulf Oil Spill • The Biggest Loser

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Grandma Connie   May 26th, 2010 8:52 pm ET

Congratulations to all of you! I am so happy for Michael, Ashley, and Daris making it to the top three! You all played by the rules and gave it your hearts! I am especially proud of Daris for going home and facing his fears, even though they were too much for him in the middle of the night. At least he toughed it out and learned from his experience! And Ashley, Wow, I think your new nickname should be The Pink Ninja! You showed great strength and heart both! Proud of you! Michael, thanks for not ever giving up because you would have broke my heart. You prooved that open communication and timing, especially when you don't want a walking partner, hahah, is key to getting rid of those ghosts that haunt you! My question would be, for those of us NOT on the show, and with intense beratement in their past, how do we get started? How do we believe when we don't believe yet? thanks. Proud of all of you!

LacrosseMom(the real one)   May 26th, 2010 9:01 pm ET

First of all, congratulations Michael! I was rooting for you the whole time!


Now that you have lost 264, learned to eat healthy & work-out, what are you doing or what have you done to address the inner-Michael? How are you dealing with the reason you comforted yourself with food?

Tracy   May 26th, 2010 9:04 pm ET

Are Michael and Ashley romantically involved?

Sheila   May 26th, 2010 9:04 pm ET

Was there any point when you were at the ranch that you felt like "Forget all of this, I can't do this anymore"? If so, when?


Sheila   May 26th, 2010 9:05 pm ET

Was there any point when you were at the ranch that you felt like "Forget all of this, I can't do this anymore"? If so, when, and how did you overcome it?


Edy   May 26th, 2010 9:05 pm ET

My eldest granddaughter and I have watched the Biggest Loser faithfully and I told her from the get-go–Michael is the winner. What a fantastic guy–Congratulations handsome...

JL   May 26th, 2010 9:06 pm ET

Questions for Biggest Loser:

Michael, what would you say to someone who is starting on a journey to lose weight?

Bob Harper – what would you tell someone who is following the Biggest Loser diet program and hasn't posted a weight loss in 3 weeks?

Edy   May 26th, 2010 9:06 pm ET

Our other favorites were Sam, Koli and Daris. Congrats to them too.

Stella   May 26th, 2010 9:07 pm ET

Your friend Francesca and Stella say hello, and congratulations of the greatest achievment!! Can't wait to see you and celebrate!!

Raetta Cook   May 26th, 2010 9:07 pm ET

I am huge fan of the Biggest Loser and never miss an episode. I would like more information on exactly what and how much they eat to lose these large amounts in addition to the tremendous workouts

Thank You

Sheila   May 26th, 2010 9:08 pm ET

What was the hardest food / dessert for you to give up in this process?

Sheila   May 26th, 2010 9:11 pm ET

Which contestant did you form the closest bond with on the ranch?

Ileana   May 26th, 2010 9:13 pm ET

Michael – Congratulations!

What do you eat now? What food would you recommend someone who is trying to lose weight to avoid?

Kevin   May 26th, 2010 9:15 pm ET

The government and BP should have enlisted every available resource to stop the leak and clean up spill....from day 1


Keith S   May 26th, 2010 9:16 pm ET

I'm really disappointed that you are giving us economists and big mouth politicians to talk about the engineering and science problem that is the gulf oil spill.

Give us people who know more about what is going on than us viewers.

Give us experts in science and engineering.

The problem isn't who is in overall charge of the spill. The problem is that technically nobody knows how to fix the spill. The military, the oil industry, nobody knows.

So we need creative thinking in engineering.

The military is not good at creative thinking.

Same thing with law suits. Lawyers can't solve this. They can't make BP and other engineers work smarter or faster.

I wish at least you could give us guests who can tell us what is going on, guests who could look at the technology, or who could look at the cadavers on the beaches, and give us expert opinions.

Instead you give us people equally as ignorant as us, but with bigger mouths.

renee   May 26th, 2010 9:19 pm ET

same question as Tracy cause we have all been DYING to know, are you and ashley a couple (michael)???? if not, why not!! lol you both look soo sweet with each other, that totally looks like more than friends there! and congrats to shay she looks amazing!!!

Sheila   May 26th, 2010 9:19 pm ET

What is something you discovered about The Biggest Loser that you think would surprise viewers of the show?

Michael Armstrong Sr.   May 26th, 2010 9:20 pm ET

How do you put on your shoes and socks any secrets would be helpful I only weigh 230 but still have problems .

Sheila   May 26th, 2010 9:21 pm ET

What changes did you notice in Michael throughout the season? At what point did you strongly begin to feel he would make it to the finals?

Linda Longe   May 26th, 2010 9:21 pm ET

If the BP Oil well was cited 18 times for different infractions why didn't the inspectors shut this well down? What good are inspections if a company can't be held responsible. To the common person it just seems logical that if they didn't pass inspection that they would be shut down. In my opinion the organization that inspected them is partly to blame if they let BP continue to do business.

Michael Armstrong Sr.   May 26th, 2010 9:27 pm ET

Ill be glad when your aniversery is over Larry your blog is to complex .

Sheila   May 26th, 2010 9:28 pm ET

Which foods are really junk foods disguised as health foods?

jack   May 26th, 2010 9:29 pm ET

Ben Stein, if you don't punish corporations where they hurt (their wealth) they have no true incentive to make needed safety changes. Small fines or punishing scapegoats will not work. If the corporations fail then let them. Because some people are invested in their stocks is no reason to protect them from possibly criminal conduct. Taxpayers bought out the Wall Street Banks (Casinos), and they have repaid us with contempt. If you are so concerned with average Americans, why don't you adress the fact that the too big to fail banks borrow money interest free, and charge high credit card interest to customers? Also, they pay next to nothing to people who played by the rules and have some savings accounts or certificates of deposit. They give a false sense of security to those over mortgaged, and those indulging in credit card fantasies. When the music stops (and it will) then these Americans will again be left holding their respective bags.

Michael Armstrong Sr.   May 26th, 2010 9:30 pm ET

What do you do with all the exstra skin when the fat's all gone .

Brandy   May 26th, 2010 9:30 pm ET

Are Ashley and Michael a Couple???

Ky'Anne   May 26th, 2010 9:33 pm ET

She is PRETTy...but that is the OriGinal sIn to even look at him...his eyes is a shame to be so handsome...hope his shine is from within so that he will never be without. Good Job everyone...

Michael Armstrong Sr.   May 26th, 2010 9:33 pm ET

Ben Stein needs to go feed the tree rats .

Kevin Hanaway   May 26th, 2010 9:34 pm ET

Larry, please ask the biggest loser how it felt to be heavy...what are the physical aches and pains of it

Mick   May 26th, 2010 9:38 pm ET

Larry, hopefully Anderson will think better of returning to New York tomorrow to tape his Friday program just so he can have a 3 day weekend......

jack   May 26th, 2010 9:40 pm ET

@Michael Armstrong Sr –May 26th, 2010 9:30 pm ET
...I remember one dietician talking about what they can do with the loose skin after losing weight. He said he didn't care if they dyed their skin black and threw it over their shoulders like a bat, as long as they lost.

jack   May 26th, 2010 9:42 pm ET

They should not have to pay people large sums of money tpo lose weight. Being healthy again should be plenty of incentive.

Barb Crawford   May 26th, 2010 9:42 pm ET

Americans keeps referring to the oil spill as america's worst natural disaster, but it is actually an atrocity that has, and continues to be committed on the entire world. It is unbelievable that all scenarios would not have been covered before any off-shore drilling was allowed to begin. It also shocks me that off-shore drilling continues while this atrocity against humanity continues. Shut them all down!

robyncaffrey keyser wv 26726   May 26th, 2010 9:43 pm ET

dear larry

im watching the bigest loosers on your show.
can ya ask that girl in pink ( ashly ) if she was out of breath at times
doing any of the excercising. thx and tell them all i said cogradulations "'

jack   May 26th, 2010 9:46 pm ET

Larry, a lot of us are big losers ,although we haven't lost a pound.

Jean   May 26th, 2010 9:47 pm ET


The biggest loser, to a certain extent. I call them "the biggest winner." Giving a compliment where it is due. Their story from overweight to slim is extremely inspiring. I surmise that it took a lot of hard work and perseverance but they did it. It was well worth the effort.
Congratulations to both of you on this achievement. You have done well. Note how youthful, happy and healthy they look, both of you, one handsome and the other beautiful. You have an excellent reason to smile and to laugh.
Having worked so hard to lose the weight, obviously you feel better and will keep it up. You are an inspiration to others, as their models. I have no doubt that you have encouraged others who would like to lose weight.
God bless you!

Michael Armstrong Sr.   May 26th, 2010 9:58 pm ET

I gotta go see my heart doctor tomorrow and he's gonna be mad .

Linda Faulk   May 26th, 2010 10:16 pm ET

I live in the midst of the spill............shame on you Obama!!!

jack   May 26th, 2010 10:17 pm ET

When will the processed food industries start to sell nontoxic products. It is no accident that we have so much obesity. It is a large part due to the huge amounts of high fructose corn syrup, low grade fats, additives , hormones, colorings etc. that is put in about all of the processed foods. This is also responsible for hooking many young people on food addictions that will result in many early deaths from a variety of diseases. Add to this the open , legal marketing of the very dangerous tobacco products, and we have a ready made pool of sick people for the private insurance companies and the big profit hospitals and nursing homes to work over.

Tracy   May 27th, 2010 12:10 am ET

The latest (that your reporter didn't report) is that seven fisherman are at a Jefferson Parish hospital right now being treated for suspected dispersant poisoning. Total human, wildlife, seafood effects yet to be determined. Rage ensues!!

Cindy   May 27th, 2010 12:24 am ET

I'm very impressed with the list of guests you will have on the program next week. Looking forward to it; a refreshing change.

Tracy   May 27th, 2010 12:24 am ET

Where are the hundreds of non-toxic solutions that are being proposed to help clean up the oil?! (ex: Kevin Costner's machine). It's sickening (literally) for us Louisianian's to watch/endure this!

Idzan Ismail, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia   May 27th, 2010 4:11 am ET

From the songs I hear and the books i read, Louisiana is a beautiful place.
Such scenic environs, ravaged and affecting the shrimpers and fishermen.
I really hope and pray the top kill will work.
I feel sad that this happens on President Obama's watch.
He's trying his best to overcome what is described as mission impossible.
May God bless America and its people.

Ted   May 27th, 2010 8:25 am ET

Congratulations to all the participants, regardless first or last, you did a terrific job.
Now comes the hard part, the yoyo effect that kills most of the best intentions. You must change your whole life, because you will not have a trainer for the rest of your life to look over your shoulder. You must do it yourself.
You were told what you should not eat!!!
Don´t buy it when you go shopping, this way you cannot commit the sin of breaking your promise to YOURSELVES!!!!
Yes, you do it for yourselves, nobody else.

gerald Jolly   May 27th, 2010 9:03 am ET

Micheal and Pasta.

Bad mix.

Stick to the salads.

Cajazz76:24:8   May 27th, 2010 9:54 am ET

It's very predictable and obvious to realizet the allegiances of those who unduly criticize our president in times of crisis in this country. What most, who through ignorance and bias, fail to realize is that there are those who do see a competent man leading this country. How soon we forget what a failure in leadership appears on the radar screen as.

President Obama is not a failure. He has accomplished more for the people in this country, in less than 14 months in office, than his predecessor didn't do for 8 long years.

The majority of the leaking well head, now reduced to a trickle, will not smother the foul arrogance and rebukes coming from the Republican Party or their Tea Bagger sidekicks and their supporters, as witnessed in these blogs, but be assured we have a competent president. He was handed a truckload of trash from a failed administration and is, regardless of the Republican Right Winger's promotions to make him fail, has kept his efforts and mindset and his cool and forges on. He is a successful president and when those, coated with the stench of bias and loyalty to a blown out and failed party, tone down their distractions toward him, they will find themselves sleeping a bit better than we could while being led by a defunct administration of recent past. How soon we forget what led us down the path we are on, but is now being paved over now with a true leader and competent man, President Obama.

To those who still cannot see it, toss your rose colored glasses from the past 8 years and get a new pair of bifocals and read the history you apparently did not peruse.

IKHAN   May 27th, 2010 2:01 pm ET

Hi Larry,
G.morning folks.
@Idzan Ismail. We all share your sentiments so well put.
@Ted,@gerald Jolly.
Well said but thats the hard part which begins now away from the spot light.

Jay in NC   May 27th, 2010 4:52 pm ET

Contestants: Wouldn't a psychologist be a big help during a contestants time on the ranch?

Bob: Why don't you guys take Michael's 20 year old sister on the show next season and help her. We could all see how miserable she was and I think her seeing the new Michael hasn't improved that feeling.

Gilbert Sindjou   May 27th, 2010 9:24 pm ET

some people make choice to eat the way they do, creating negative externalities to the overall soceity, developping deaseases and we even accomodate the employement law for them, but at the end it costs something not just for them and their family but for the whole soceity.

Ted   May 28th, 2010 7:43 am ET

@ Gilbert Sinjou

Great!! Now please put your comment into plain english so plain people like me know what are you talking about!!

gerald Jolly   May 28th, 2010 3:10 pm ET

Unquestionably one of the most important subject Larry has had on his program for the last 25 years.

HOORAY for Michael Ventrella, a definite HERO.

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